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Massena man fined for disorderly conduct, harassment


MASSENA - A Massena man with a history of substance abuse issues told the village justice this week that his latest legal difficulties may have saved his life.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Edward J. Slade II, 23, of 349 County Route 37, Massena, $25 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction and an additional $25 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database.

Mr. Gustafson also signed an order of protection directing Slade not to harass, annoy or alarm his girlfriend’s parents and placed the Massena man under a one-year conditional discharge.

Slade had previously told the court that since his latest arrest he had received treatment for a heroin addiction.

Village police charged Slade and Hannah L. Hayden, 22, of 69 Beach St., Massena, with the two charges morning following an investigation into an incident that occurred at 10 p.m. Feb. 5.

Slade reportedly grabbed Perry Hayden and threw him to the ground after he came to the defense of his wife, Bobbie, who had been arguing with the couple. Hannah reportedly grabbed her mother by hair and shoved her into a wall.

Court documents indicate the elder Ms. Hayden enraged the couple when she expressed concern that they didn’t have enough formula for their 1-year-old baby.

“When I asked Hannah for her to just show me the formula and that I would leave her alone, Ed spoke up and told me to get ... out. He then began screaming at me. When I told Ed that I wouldn’t leave and that it was my house, he got up and charged at me, telling me that he could just smack me. I then told Ed I was calling my husband, Perry, to have him come home. At that time, Ed said good and that he was looking for a reason to kick his ...,” the elder Ms. Hayden noted in her statement to police.

She said she then left the bedroom area occupied by her daughter and her boyfriend due to concerns about her safety. She said she heard Slade yelling at her daughter, urging her to “pound” her mother.

She said when her husband returned home, he told Slade he needed to leave the residence. She said when Slade started to go after her husband, Mr. Hayden went into his room and grabbed his pistol for protection before confronting her daughter’s boyfriend a second time.

“Hannah then came down and attacked me while at the bottom of the stairs,” she said, noting her 14-year-old son then intervened, pulling his sister off his mother.

“At this point, when Perry turned to look at what was going on with us, Ed jumped on his back and brought him to the ground. When I ran up the stairs, Ed was on top of Perry and wouldn’t get off from him. I then ... grabbed another gun to scare Ed off from Perry. At this point, Ed got up and ran out of the house,” Ms. Hayden said in the statement she provided police.

Slade told police he had been doing dishes and cleaning the house and the couple had been paying his girlfriend’s parents $75 per week for expenses to stay at the residence. He told police Mr. Hayden had cocked the pistol at one point during their argument. He said he had lunged at Mr. Hayden, put him in a headlock and pinned the hand down that was holding the .45 Magnum.

In other recent court action before Mr. Gustafson:

• Christopher J. Snyder, 23, of 414 East Main St., Malone, was sentenced to one weekend in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge for an attempted petit larceny conviction. Mr. Gustafson said Snyder’s jail sentence would run from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Sunday.

He had been charged with petit larceny after village police responded to a shoplifting complaint on April 13, 2013 at the Massena Walmart.

Snyder had been charged with walking past the store’s last point of sale at the store without paying for $559.24 worth of merchandise.

Store security associates told police Snyder had filled his cart with multiple items of clothing from the men’s sections, several bras from the women’s section, a pair of shoes and a chain saw, and then attempted to leave the store without paying for the merchandise.

• James D. Johnson, 23, of 22 Toby Roundpoint Road, Snye, Que., was ordered to pay a $205 surcharge for a resisting arrest conviction and an additional $125 surcharge for a disorderly conviction. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge and directed to pay a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database.

Village police charged Johnson, also listing a 49 Mose Cook Road, Hogansburg address, with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at 2:10 a.m. Nov. 10 on Andrews Street outside the Hotel Nadeau.

He was reportedly fighting with others inside and outside the bar and then pushed with both hands a village patrolman investigating those incidents and then fought with officers as he was being taken into custody.

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